By Noel Barber,

Book cover of Tanamera

Book description

Opulence. Invasion. Terror. And forbidden passion in 1930s Singapore.

'They were the golden days, when Singapore was as rich as its climate was steamy, its future as assured as it was busy. And those days were made even better when, as was inevitable, I fell in love with the Chinese…

Shepherd is reader supported. We may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through links on our website. (learn more)

Why read it?

1 author picked Tanamera as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

This story is not only a history of Singapore and Malaya before, during, and after the war, it is also a beautiful love story and gripping family Saga. It’s a chunky book in which Noel Barber paints an indelible picture of pre-war colonial life in Singapore for both the colonials and the Malaysians.

Noel Barber brings to life the British defence build-up and the military and colonial administration’s mistakes, which led to the Japanese invasion. It was as though they could not believe the Japanese could or would invade their territory. The story is romantic and heart-breaking, as Noel Barber…

From Jana's list on great stories in WW2.

Want books like Tanamera?

Our community of 6,000+ authors has personally recommended 10 books like Tanamera.

Browse books like Tanamera

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in Singapore, World War 2, and Japan?

6,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about Singapore, World War 2, and Japan.

Singapore Explore 26 books about Singapore
World War 2 Explore 1071 books about World War 2
Japan Explore 346 books about Japan